CURRENT DATA FROM PUBLIC SURVEY
Assembled by Dr. Roberta Kline, OBGYN & Co-Editor of Women's Health Digest
Enclosed is research-based public information by the CDC that widely supports the current reality about new cancers (including breast cancer) in women under 40. The data used by public health comes from a wide variety of places within our local communities: hospitals, laboratories, doctors' offices – anywhere that a person receives healthcare.
Age-specific rates breast cancer for 2020 (Total for ages 20-39):
• Rate of new breast cancers = 27/100,000
• Equals 11,368 new cases/42,765,288 women
<20: numbers less than 16 cases for lower age categories, data suppressed
20-24: 1.7/100K; equals 174 new cases/10,239,813 women
25-29: 10.4/100K; equals 1,146 new cases/11,016,549 women
30-34: 30.5/100K; equals 3332 new cases/10,939,868 women
35-39: 63.5/100K; equals 6716 cases/10,569,058 women
REACHING MY GENERATION IN CRISIS
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Waterbury celebrated a citywide Pink Out on Thursday, October 26th! Saint Mary’s Hospital Foundation has once again partnered with the City of Waterbury to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness. Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary, Saint Mary’s Hospital President, Kim Kalajainen and special guest Joe Cappello will address organizers and volunteers from the Waterbury Police and Fire Departments as well as the Education Department, area students and others at 11:00 a.m. at Waterbury City Hall.
Video News Release: Innovations in Early Detection
"Are You Dense?" Foundation Co-founder Joe Cappello joins the medical diagnostic community to promote the "Get Checked Now!" campaign. Dr. Robert Bard from the Bard Cancer Center (NYC) supports supplemental imaging including the 3D Doppler Ultrasound scanner to offer dense breast detection. This video presents some of the latest advancements in ultrasound features to detect tumors through dense breast tissue- reportedly a significant challenge with mammograms.
• Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer at a younger age are more likely to have genetic mutations predisposing them to breast and other cancers.
• Younger women who have breast cancer may ignore the warning signs—such as a breast lump or unusual discharge—because they believe they are too young to get breast cancer. This can lead to a delay in diagnosis and poorer outcomes.
• Some healthcare providers may also dismiss breast lumps or other symptoms in young women or adopt a "wait and see" approach.
• Breast cancer poses additional challenges for younger women as it can involve issues concerning sexuality, fertility, and pregnancy after breast cancer treatment. 
3) WHOLE BODY MRI (NO CONTRAST) FOR CANCER SCANNING: In simplistic terms, having a full-body access comports to the fact that everything is connected in one way or another. Our full-body MRI provides early diagnosis and the largest view of the body, where finding any cancers in the body and/or where they may spread can provide the best chance of treatment success. In suspected cases of early breast malignancy, the exclusion of metastatic disease is clinically vital and emotionally supportive.
1a) "Infographic: 7 Things to Know About Getting a Mammogram"- ACA/American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/types/breast-cancer/mammogram-tips-infographic.html#:~:text=Women%20between%2040%20and%2044,choose%20to%20continue%20yearly%20mammograms.
1) "Breast Cancer in Young Women"- Cleveland Clinic: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/16805-breast-cancer-in-young-women
2) "What additional breast cancer screening tests are available for women who have dense breasts?"- Yale medicine- https://www.yalemedicine.org/conditions/dense-breasts#:~:text=Women%20diagnosed%20with%20dense%20breasts,(whole%2Dbreast%20ultrasound).
3) Columbia Doctors/ "What Are Dense Breasts? A radiologist offers guidance":-Health Insights: October 14, 2022 https://www.columbiadoctors.org/news/what-are-dense-breasts#:~:text=Any%20woman%20who%20has%20dense,in%20women%20with%20dense%20breasts.